- Radio. interference of signals between two stations on the same or adjacent frequencies.
- Computers. a technique for locating data in a file by applying a transformation, usually arithmetic, to a key.
Origin of hashing
- a dish of diced or chopped meat and often vegetables, as of leftover corned beef or veal and potatoes, sautéed in a frying pan or of meat, potatoes, and carrots cooked together in gravy.
- a mess, jumble, or muddle: a hash of unorganized facts and figures.
- a reworking of old and familiar material: This essay is a hash of several earlier and better works.
- Computers. garbage(def 7).
- Radio and Television Slang. electrical noise on a radio or snow in a television picture caused by interfering outside sources that generate sparking.
- to chop into small pieces; make into hash; mince.
- to muddle or mess up: We thought we knew our parts, but when the play began we hashed the whole thing.
- to discuss or review (something) thoroughly (often followed by out): They hashed out every aspect of the issue.
- hash over, to bring up again for consideration; discuss, especially in review: At the class reunion they hashed over their college days.
- make a hash of, to spoil or botch: The new writer made a hash of his first assignment.
- settle someone's hash, Informal. to get rid of; subdue: Her blunt reply really settled my hash.
Origin of hash1
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Examples from the Web for hashing
Hashing all this out is hours of fun for the entire pundit family.Should the President Mint a $1,000,000,000,000 Platinum Coin?
January 7, 2013
Here there is a troop of cooks, their garments girded like soldiers for the battle, hashing and steaming.The Makers of Modern Rome
Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Besides this, there was nothing new; merely a hashing up of the two great trials at Aix and Loudun.La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages
"Verehas we hare honly servants of the ke veen;" suggested No. 2, hashing his mistress's English.Love Me Little, Love Me Long
It's very easy for you to say hash it; but I know what a joint loses in hashing: it's a day's dinner the less, if it's a bit.Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures
But you can see how my telling her would—oh well there isn't much percentage in hashing it over.Young People's Pride
Stephen Vincent Benet
- a dish of diced cooked meat, vegetables, etc, reheated in a sauce
- something mixed up
- a reuse or rework of old material
- make a hash of informal
- to mix or mess up
- to defeat or destroy
- settle someone's hash or fix someone's hash informal to subdue or silence someone
- to chop into small pieces
- to mix or mess up
- slang short for hashish
- the character (#) used to precede a number
- this sign used in printing or writing to indicate that a space should be inserted
Word Origin and History for hashing
short for hashish, 1959.
"a stew," 1660s, from hash (v.). Meaning "a mix, a mess" is from 1735.
1650s, "to hack, chop into small pieces," from French hacher "chop up," from Old French hache "ax" (see hatchet). Hash browns is short for hash browned potatoes (1917), with the -ed omitted, as in mash potatoes. The hash marks on a football field were so called 1960s, from similarity to hash marks, armed forces slang for "service stripes on the sleeve of a military uniform" (1909), which supposedly were called that because they mark the number of years one has had free food (hash (n.1)) from the Army; but perhaps there is a connection with the noun form of hatch (v.2).
Idioms and Phrases with hashing
In addition to the idiom beginning with hash
- hash over
- make a hash of
- settle someone's hash
- sling hash